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St. Luke's Children's Rehabilitation: Nampa

At St. Luke's Children's Rehabilitation, our team provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, and counseling to meet the diverse needs of the children we treat. We help kids of all ages and developmental levels improve their quality of life and become more independent.

We provide services for kids with diagnoses including, but not limited to ADHD, Asperger’s, autism, cerebral palsy, developmental coordination disorder, developmental disabilities, Down syndrome, genetic syndromes, hearing impairment, juvenile arthritis, learning disabilities, muscular dystrophy, non-verbal learning disorder, pediatric voiding dysfunction, sensory integration dysfunction, spina bifida, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, torticollis, dysphagia and plagiocephaly.

And, we offer developmental assessments, advanced gait evaluations, and seating and technology training for children who use wheelchairs, orthotics, prosthetics, or augmentative communication devices.

Providers

  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    Sara Andrews, SLP specializes in caring for patients who have autism, cleft lip, cleft palate, and/or childhood apraxia of speech (a motor impairment impacting speech production). She also frequently supports late talkers and offers cognitive rehabilitation for neurologic disorders and post-acute rehabilitation for patients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Sara typically from works with patients ranging in age from 18 months to 18 years old.

    In her practice, Sara leverages play-based therapy, centering her approach around what motivates the child. She works with patients and their parents to set appropriate goals during her initial evaluation and track milestones over time to recognize and inspire progress.

    Sara is passionate about supporting care transitions for patients shifting to outpatient care after hospitalization for TBI. She also has significant experience working with schools and IEP teams, and often partners with the teachers at St. Luke's Children's Hospital to help kids return to school after discharge.

    Sara earned a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders, as well as a master's degree in speech-language pathology, from the University of North Dakota.

    Originally from Minnesota, Sara enjoys skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and camping in her free time.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

    Biography

    Lauren Armstrong, OT cares for children of all ages, specializing in feeding and sensory issues. Most of her patients are young (from infants to early elementary age) and include picky eaters and patients with sensory challenges involving touch, texture, and/or smell. She frequently works with patients who have autism or ADHD. 

    Lauren loves empowering kids and their families, and helping them build confidence through routines and behaviors that reinforce the child's physical, emotional and social development. 

    Beyond direct patient care, Lauren is working on improving developmental evaluation for younger patients (ages 1-3) to assist in therapy planning. She is also passionate about educating parents on typical/atypical development to help manage expectations and effectively identify areas of concern.

    Lauren earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Sonoma State University and a master's degree in occupational therapy from Dominican University. Originally from California, Lauren enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, and traveling in her free time.

  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    Mindi Carr, MS, CCC-SLP enjoys working with patients in both preschool and adolescent age groups who are experiencing language delays. Because many children with speech delays often have literacy delays as well, Mindi is passionate about early intervention to help develop pre-literacy skills and prevent future literacy challenges. She is certified in the Hanen's It Takes Two to Talk® program and primarily works in outpatient rehabilitation.

    Mindi particularly enjoys working with younger kids and helping them communicate when they have struggled previously. She is inspired by her patients and loves watching both kids and parents experience the rewards of their hard-earned improvements. 

    Originally from Idaho, Mindi earned both a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and a master's degree in speech language pathology from Idaho State University.

    Outside of work, Mindi enjoys living on a farm and caring for her many farm babies.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Biography

    Lindsey Ethridge, MOT, OTR/L, CLC treats infants, children and young adults with feeding difficulties, including bottle or breast feeding concerns, dysphagia, poor feeding, poor weight gain, ARFID, disordered eating, picky eating, difficulty transitioning to solids, poor chewing, and support with supplemental feeding tubes. Lindsey also has professional interest in NICU, neurological impairments, splinting, and cardiac conditions. 

    Lindsey has a diverse education and creative therapy background that help her treat patients across the therapy spectrum in inpatient, rehab, and outpatient settings. She considers the child and family holistically to help create lifelong positive experiences with food. Her goal is to reduce stress, fear, and/or mealtime pressure, and improve oral motor skills. She recognizes the importance of developing strategies that can be easy for the family to implement at home.

    Lindsey earned her bachelor's degree in kinesiology from California Polytechnic State University and her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Loma Linda University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Physical Therapy

    Biography

    Holly Hubbard, PT, DPT enjoys working with children of all ages and abilities and has training in reflex integration, toe walking, pediatric gait, and wheelchair seating and mobility. She enjoys the challenges of her job and helping kids play and reach their potential. 

    Holly earned her bachelor's degree in health science from Boise State University and her doctorate of physical therapy from Eastern Washington University. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family and friends. 

    Favorite Therapy Toy: the bolster swing.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    Anne Kuhlmeier, MA, CCC/SLP, ATP is an expert in augmentative alternative communication (AAC) and works closely with pediatric and adult patients and their families to develop the best communication system for their unique needs. She serves as the assistive technology program coordinator for St. Luke's and has extensive experience with both low- and high-tech AAC systems.

    Anne's patients are complex communicators (often non-speakers) with a wide range of conditions, including but not limited to autism, cerebral palsy, ALS, syndromes, and genetic disorders. They may also have experienced a stroke or other trauma. Anne's goals are to improve her patients' quality of life and communication skills, and support them in becoming more independent.

    Anne is passionate about assistive technology and educating colleagues, often serving as a mentor for other speech-language pathologists throughout Idaho. She also offers continuing education on assistive technology through the Idaho Training Clearinghouse, an initiative of the University of Idaho's Center on Disabilities and Human Development.

    Anne earned her master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado; obtained her clinical competency certification in speech/language pathology, assistive technology professional certification from RESNA; and completed specialized training from CASANA on childhood apraxia of speech.


    In her free time, Anne enjoys skiing, hiking, sewing, and cooking.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Kerry Leavell, LCPC, MT-BC has special training in use of creative arts therapies, including music therapy, with individuals of all cognitive ability levels. She has particular interest in ADHD (and its unique presentation in girls), autism, and mood/anxiety disorders. Kerry adapts her therapy approach to accommodate each individual's learning needs and works particularly well with preschool-age patients. She is committed to ensuring parents have the education and resources they need to support their child's progress.

    Kerry believes that every person has strength and ability that they may or may not have the ability to access. She loves helping her patients find and amplify these strengths so they can be confident in their uniqueness, regardless of diagnosis. She is passionate about inclusivity and truly enjoys building relationships with patients and their families.

    Kerry earned her bachelor's degree in music performance at Wheaton College and her master's degree in expressive therapies and mental health counseling at Lesley University.

    Growing up, Kerry lived in many different parts of the country as part of a US Navy family. Today, she enjoys exploring Idaho with her dog and supporting the children's programming at her church.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    Trisha McGough, MS, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist with special interest in orofacial myofunctional therapy. She often works with patients experiencing tongue thrust, asymmetrical facial growth, mouth breathing, sleep-disordered breathing, and/or sleep apnea (working to avoid CPAP, if possible). While she typically works with teens, she also occasionally cares for adults. 

    Trisha's passion for her work is personal: she needed speech therapy herself as a teen to manage tongue thrust and an abnormal swallow pattern. This experience inspires her to provide therapy in a supportive and empowering environment. She strives to help patients and their families find a connection between therapy and its potential outcome to instill a sense of responsibility and strengthen motivation. 

    Beyond clinical care, Trisha is involved in program development to better support patients with central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) and literacy concerns. She is also committed to improving eventual outcomes for patients with tethered oral tissue (TOT) by improving early assessment and intervention for babies with TOT, educating staff, and streamlining care and care planning.

    Trisha earned her bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology and audiology, and her master's degree in speech-language pathology from Idaho State University. She completed her clinical fellowship with St. Luke's Elks Children's Rehabilitation in Nampa. 

    In her free time, Trisha enjoys weight lifting, dance, cooking, and spending time with her family.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Speech Therapy

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

    Biography

    Mike Wagner, MS, OTR/L works with children with global developmental delays, sensory processing difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, visual processing deficits, and neurologic and motor impairments. He also has experience assessing functional movement.

    Mike is passionate about helping individuals reach their full potential. He is driven to provide client-centered care that leads to success not only in therapy, but at home and in the community as well. Mike has developed his skill set in the outpatient setting working with a variety of individuals across the lifespan. He enjoys the challenge of finding fun and creative ways to connect therapeutic principles and activities to what motivates his patients most.

    Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Mary. He also holds a Certified Special Population Specialist Certification with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Mike is driven to combine his background in exercise and fitness with his background in occupational therapy to help his patients reach their full potential in all areas of life.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients

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